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New Link Between Mesothelioma and Ovarian Cancer


Asbestos is known to be the cause of several deadly cancers, including malignant mesothelioma. Recently, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established a further link between asbestos exposure and ovarian cancer. This new study using data from state cancer registries has demonstrated a correlation between asbestos and higher rates of ovarian cancer. Because of extensive public education and outreach, many people are aware today that inhaling asbestos fibers puts them at risk of developing mesothelioma, which is particularly difficult to successfully treat. Now a stronger link has been established that ovarian cancer is among the other cancers that can develop from exposure to this known carcinogen.

Asbestos Risks

Until the 1970s, asbestos was widely used in a variety of industries because it provided heat insulation and fire resistance. Shipbuilding, plumbing, building, and construction, along with automotive and machining industries, all used asbestos in their products. Those who worked in demolition, as well as United States Navy and merchant marine veterans, had high levels of exposure to asbestos due to their occupations.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, which when inhaled or swallowed, was determined to be a cancer risk and thus has been phased out of most, but not all, industries in the U.S. However, it has not been completely prohibited in the U.S. despite bans in other countries. Because it was once used widely in construction, workers can still be exposed if they work with or conduct demolition of building sites that used asbestos.

High Rates of Ovarian Cancer Found

More attention has been paid to malignant pleural mesothelioma because of its prevalence in those in at-risk occupations. This new study found that states that show higher rates of mesothelioma also had a high rate of ovarian cancer. Currently in the news are several high-profile lawsuits against talcum powder manufacturers by those who developed ovarian cancer after frequent usage of the product. Asbestos and talc are found in close proximity to each other when mined.

Asbestos has also been found in other cosmetic products, including skin and eye makeup. For those diagnosed with ovarian cancer, there are effective treatments. However, when diagnosed at a later stage, ovarian cancer can be deadly. Ovarian cancer connected to asbestos exposure may likely be caused by the accumulation of the mineral fibers in ovarian glands, according to previous studies that first established the link.

The new study reinforces the fact that being exposed to asbestos means various significant health hazards, which are still being discovered today. If you were exposed to asbestos in the workplace, it is important to consult with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer to understand the risk factors and your options for just compensation for your medical care.

Philadelphia Mesothelioma Lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler Fight for Those Exposed to Asbestos

If you were exposed to asbestos and are experiencing health consequences, the Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers at Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler have the experience you need to fight for the medical care and compensation that you deserve. Located in Philadelphia, we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia County. Please complete our online form or call us at 215-569-4000.